First Homicide of 2024: 19-Year-Old Shot and Killed on New Year’s Day in Downtown Mobile

MOBILE, Ala. – The New Year’s Day celebration in downtown Mobile turned tragic as the city experienced its first homicide of 2024. A 19-year-old victim, identified as Marcus Kennedy Jr., was fatally shot minutes after midnight in the heart of the city. This marks the second deadly shooting during Mobile’s New Year’s celebration, sparking concern among residents and officials.

While family members of the victim were not ready to speak out at this time, they are pleading for justice in the death of their loved one. Many in the community are expressing their weariness of the ongoing violence, with some calling for action to address the issue.

In response to the recent violence, Mayor Sandy Stimpson released a statement expressing his disappointment, while Chief Prine confirmed that they have a person of interest but no suspect is in custody at this time. Officials have urged anyone with information about the shooting to come forward and help the police with their investigation.

The tragic incident has raised alarm among downtown Mobile merchants and visitors, with many hoping for increased safety measures and a crackdown on violence in the area. As the community mourns the loss of Marcus Kennedy Jr., authorities continue to work towards finding the perpetrator responsible for the senseless act.

The victim, Marcus Kennedy Jr., was fatally shot during a New Year’s Day celebration in downtown Mobile, marking the city’s first homicide of 2024. Mayor Sandy Stimpson expressed disappointment in the recent violence, while police are actively investigating the case and urging anyone with information to come forward. The incident has also prompted concerns among downtown merchants and visitors, who are calling for increased safety measures in the area.